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Johnson Speaks at Westmont Athletics Fundraiser

May 31st, 2009
Kevin Johnson

About 200 people were treated to an inspiring message from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on Sunday evening at Westmont Athletics Presidential Scholarship-Challenge dinner. The former NBA All-Star told stories from both his youth and his playing days and encouraged his audience to live lives of service to others.

The event, held at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, is part of a two-day fundraiser whose purpose is to raise money for talented and deserving Westmont student-athletes. The event continues on Monday with a golf outing at Birnam Wood Country Club.

Johnson told participants of growing up in Sacramento, the son of a single mom. Raised with the help of his grandparents, Johnson recalled being awakened one night when he was six years old by his grandfather. After driving Johnson to the projects, his grandfather handed him a $20 bill, told him to go knock on the door of a particular apartment, and to give the money to the women who answered the door. The young Johnson did so and observed the tears of the women who received the money.

Branson Commits to Warrior Hoops

May 27th, 2009
Preston Branson

John Moore, head coach of Westmont Men’s Basketball, has announced the signing of Preston Branson of Dallas, Texas.

“Preston Branson is a winner,” said Moore. “Preston helped his team win a state championship with his ability to score at the basket and led his team through his tenacious competitive spirit. He is a left hander who has a scorer’s mentality and has a knack for getting into the crease of the defense and putting the ball through the net.”

Branson led Trinity Christian Academy of Addison to a state championship in Division V of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoffs. The 6-2 guard scored 37 points as TCA defeated Prestonwood Christian by a score of 64-50 in the title game. Branson posted a season average of 21.6 points while shooting 46.6% from the floor. He also averaged 3.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Kearin Claims All-American Status

May 23rd, 2009

A day after failing to complete a fair jump in the finals of the women’s long jump at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, Kasey Kearin earned All-American honors with a fourth place finish in the triple jump.

“Kasey set a school record with a jump of 39′ 8.5″ (12.10 meters),” said Westmont Head Coach Smelley, “All six of her jumps were in the Westmont all-time top-ten.”

Kearin’s jump was 22 inches better than her previous personal best.

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Milotta Advances to Semis at Nationals

May 21st, 2009

Eight Westmont Track and Field athletes competed on the first day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Edwardsville, Illinois with mixed results.

Lorin Milotta took the initial step in her quest to capture All-American honors by finishing first in the first heat of the 100 meter hurdles. Milotta’s time of 14.58 earned her a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals which will take place at 11:20 p.m. (PDT). The finals are scheduled for 2:25 p.m.

“Lorin had a slow start,” said Head Coach Russell Smelley, “but went away from the pack from hurdle seven on. She came prepared to compete at nationals.”

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Kevin Johnson to Speak at President’s Scholarship Challenge

May 15th, 2009
Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson, three-time NBA All-Star and mayor of Sacramento, will be the featured speaker at the 18th Annual Westmont Athletic President’s Scholarship Challenge. Johnson, who played 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, is one of only three NBA players to have averaged 20 or more points and 10 or more assists per game in three consecutive seasons. The others are Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas.

The two-day event begins on Sunday evening, May 31 with a dinner at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort featuring Johnson as the keynote speaker. On Monday, the President’s Scholarship Challenge participants will have an opportunity to show off their golf skills in a tournament on the fairways of the Birnam Wood Golf Course in Montecito.

The purpose of the President’s Scholarship Challenge is to raise crucial financial aid for talented and deserving Westmont student-athletes. For reservations or more information, please contact Jeff Azain by phone at 565-6107 or by email at

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Johnson has proven to be a remarkable community leader. A native of the Sacramento suburb of Oak Park, Johnson has helped to revitalize the inner-city community by serving as the founder and CEO of St. HOPE (Help our People Excel). Originally an after-school program aimed to help 12 young men, the program has grown to have a major economic and educational impact on the community.

Basham to Lead Warrior Tennis Programs

May 13th, 2009

Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell has announced the hiring of Santa Barbara resident Mark Basham as Director of Tennis and Head Coach of Men’s Tennis.

“I’m very excited about the formidable experience and many gifts that Mark brings to our tennis program,” said Odell. “A former ATP tour player, All-American at UCLA and key member of UCLA’s national championship teams, he has competed at the highest levels of both singles and doubles and certainly understands what it takes to become a champion.

“In addition, Mark is a community stalwart who is eager to engage the community in his vision for excellence. His leadership comes at a pivotal time for our tennis programs. With the competition getting tougher each year, I trust in Mark’s ability to recruit and train players who share our common desire to launch Westmont Tennis into national prominence. This is a great day for Westmont Tennis.”

Four Honored at SBART Hall of Fame Banquet

May 11th, 2009
Jeff Azain

Two of Westmont’s coaches and two athletes were honored at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s 42nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday night at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara.

Westmont Assistant Basketball Coach Jeff Azain was inducted into the SBART Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments on the basketball court both in both high school and college.

“In 1980 and 81, Jeff was the leading rebounder in the Channel League and CIF,” said Maury Halleck who coached Azain at San Marcos High School and introduced him at the event. “The thing about Jeff is that for two years the San Marcos Royals never lost a game, they were 52-0. Jeff is the guy who gave all of his teammates second chances and was one of the best I ever had. He was not only a good athlete, but also a great man.”

“Two words come to mind when accepting this award,” said Azain to the audience. “The first is ‘blessed’. I was fortunate enough to play for two great men – Coach Halleck at San Marcos High School and Coach Kammerer at Westmont College. They were both great coaches, but more importantly that coaching basketball, they taught me about life and how to be a better man.

Wiley Named to All-GSAC Team

May 4th, 2009
Sam Wiley

Westmont catcher Sam Wiley of North Hollywood, Calif. has been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Team. The junior, who also played at first base, posted a team-high batting average of .392 and drove in 18 runs. Among his 65 hits were five home runs, two triples and 11 doubles. Wiley also recorded team season-highs in slugging percentage (.572) and on base percentage (.460).

Wiley tallied 23 multi-hit games including a four-for-four performance against Azusa Pacific on April 23 in which Westmont defeated #12 Azusa Pacific 4-2. That was the contest in which Tim Crabbe threw a complete game three-hitter with Wiley calling the game from behind the plate. As a catcher, Wiley did not allow a pass ball all season and threw out 14 men attempting to steal a base.

Notably, Wiley struck out only 15 times in 189 plate appearances for a percentage of 7.9%, the lowest on the team. He walked 19 times.